~via David Icke
~via David Icke
“If we look at Nature, we see that absolutely everything within it is important and there for a reason. As we are all a part of Nature, this means that we are important and here for a reason as well.”
This is one of the key lessons that I teach, not only to my own 3 children, but to all of the children that I meet when I am touring with my book, “The Sapling.”
There is nothing within Nature that happens by accident. It is all planned and perfection. We are the same. There are no accidental or extra people on this Earth.
We all arrive with a gift to share, which is why it is so important that we grow into who we truly are, just like a tree, for example. Because if a tree did not grow into their full potential, we would all be denied their gifts, and look at how many of us would suffer. The rest of the world actually depends on us being true to ourselves.
And what about those people of the world who don’t seem to be contributing?
They are simply not in touch with who they really are and the true desires of their heart. When we turn to Nature and truly connect with the Earth, we become centered, grounded, and compassionate human beings. It is hard to deny our Soul’s longing within the authenticity of Nature.
“The Sapling” follows the journey of a little tree who feels small in a big world and becomes afraid to grow. With the encouragement of her friend, the Big Tree, she realizes there is nothing to fear and becomes the Tree she is meant to be.
As I’ve been touring schools, libraries, and daycares, I have been sharing this story as well as the lessons in energy and Nature communication. I absolutely love connecting with children and feel that I am learning more than I am teaching. I am happy to say that I have been pleasantly surprised at most places. I can see that the parents and teachers have been making Nature a priority within these children’s lives. These children are open and happy.
In others, unfortunately, even the children have become jaded and cynical, convinced that all that exists is what they can see, and even this is with a negative slant. This, of course, is no fault of their own. When I tell them that trees can talk to us, or that it was the trees who shared the idea for my book with me, they blurt out “that’s impossible!”
Such a sad statement from a little mouth. This is the time of their life when they should be reinforced with the knowledge that all things are possible.
Many schools and daycare centers are taking regular Nature walks and implementing gardens. I truly appreciate these wonderful teachers who are making the basic life skills and birthright of growing our own food a priority. Especially for the children who are not fortunate enough to learn these skills at home.
I have actually had some children ask me, “why would you grow it yourself when you can just go buy it?” When I reply that the veggies from the garden, either theirs or a local grower, are not only tastier but are more nutritious because they are fresh and grown in kinder conditions, they look at me as though I am some sort of alien.
I have been left questioning the motives of some teachers who are discouraging having gardens for the students because they “don’t have time” or “can’t be bothered.” Is the role of a teacher not to teach? Learning how to connect with the Earth and grow your own food, literally reap what you sow and see the rewards of your efforts, should be the basis of all curriculum. Where would any of us be without nutritous food?
I was speaking with a group of students recently, aged 12-14, and teaching them about Energy and how important healthy food is to maintain a harmonious and balanced life.
Their teacher, a morbidly obese woman, was sitting at her desk during this lesson, sucking on a can of Coca-Cola, proudly declaring that she was diabetic.
Thankfully, her students looked as disgusted as I was.
In my opinion, she should not be allowed to have this kind of toxic influence upon children. Not only that, I feel that if you know what is bad for you and you still refuse to clean up your lifestyle, you should be denied healthcare in regards to the health issue that you yourself are denying taking action towards reversing. If you want to willingly poison yourself and destroy the vessel you were granted, go for it. But I shouldn’t have to pay for it. I haven’t visited a doctor in years, and it is not just because I was blessed with good health. I have made a conscious, daily lifestyle choice to honor and respect my body.
In Canada we have free health care, which is a wonderful thing for some, but has also allowed others to be irresponsible. When you are hurt in an automobile accident and take disability because you are unable to work, you are watched quite closely to ensure that you are not “cheating the system.” Perhaps the same should happen to those with diagnosed health issues. They should be monitored to ensure they are following a plan of exercise and healthy diet, rather than happily taking the prescriptions and not changing anything else.
Needless to say, it is obvious that many of our teachers need to be de-programmed from our dysfunctional society.
I often ask Nature what needs to be shared, or what we need to know. The most recent message I was given was in regards to communicating with Nature, as well as with our own Souls. I was told, “The clearer your energy, the easier it will be. Think about it. How well can you communicate with someone who is drunk or stoned? This is how many of you appear.”
I take it that Nature sees many of us in a stupor, either from unhealthy food with additives and preservatives, drugs, both prescription and recreational, as well as our environment and unhealthy habits, be it smoking, gossip, or attachments to drama.
I absolutely love the way in which Nature speaks; straightforward and no-nonsense.
And this leads to Nature’s next message;
“Life’s only requests are that we show up and give our best.”
So how do we show up and give our best?
Bringing awareness to our Energy has become the basis of my teachings now, both with children and Nature Communication workshops.
Basically, we need to clean ourselves up first. This is how we will rise to our greatest potential. The Trees shared with me the importance of humanity understanding their Energy, and to become aware of what they were putting out into the world, and what they were taking in.
Getting outside and noticing the natural world around us does wonders for our Energy bodies, and especially if we can do so in barefeet. As we are natural conductors, being that we are mostly made of water, we need to ground this energy out, and unless we are barefoot on the Earth, it is very hard to do.
When I make my visits, most kids LOVE to be barefoot, but many reply that their mothers do not allow it. Sometimes it is because they once happened to step on a bee or got a sliver. These random occurrences should not keep us from connecting with the Earth and absorbing her healing energies. Earthing has been proven to release inflammation from our bodies and reduce the risk of many common diseases, such as cancer.
In cold climates, such as Canada, going barefoot year round is not an option, but we have other ways we can ground our energy. Simply placing our hands upon a tree or a rock and asking them to ground us will do the trick as well. Grounding also helps us to release the energy of others that we have picked up as well.
As mentioned earlier, eating healthy, living food, especially if it was grown yourself, is the greatest gift you can give to your body. Also, do yourself a favour and toss the microwave. They really do just scramble the Energy of our food and kill it. What is left is a toxic “filler” that will not nourish you, but instead slowly poison you.
As love is the most powerful energy of all, self-love keeps our energy bright and strong, fending off illness and revealing the true purpose of our hearts. It allows us to overcome all fears and obstacles. I would have never followed through with publishing my book if it was not for the daily practice of repeating “I love myself”, as well as looking myself in the eyes in front of a mirror while saying it. It truly moves mountains. Just as Nature has self-love and total confidence in her abilities, so should we.
Whether this is your home, your habits, or the people in your life, your environment should reflect the inner work that you are doing. Also, turn off wi-fi when you can, and limit time spent on all gadgets. When I place my hand near a device with wi-fi, it literally hurts. Our children are far more sensitve than we are, so even if they don’t realize it, it’s hurting them.
Understanding the basics of Energy, such as, what we put out we attract back to ourselves. When the Trees shared this importance with me, they showed me how we all have these many pathways extending out from ourselves, much like the branches of a tree. As many of us are unaware of what we are putting out there, or “feeding” we often attract and create more situations that are unfavorable without even realizing it. These pathways of Energy are similar to a stream of water. We can stop feeding them and dry them up, or we can feed them and make them like a raging river. It is truly our choice what kind of pathways we wish to feed.
It is also important that we understand that Energy never dies, it only transforms.
I recently once again learned this lesson. It was in regards to a stand of Oak trees that I tried desperately to save from being bulldozed. Sadly, I didn’t succeed. Not long ago I drove by where they used to stand and I felt that same pain in my heart for them. I felt that I had failed them. Then I was suddenly flooded with the awareness that all of my fighting and tears that I cried was not in vain. That Energy was not lost. It is now fueling and supporting the work I am doing with “The Sapling.” It is strengthening my reach and the message of the trees.
When we learn to observe without judgement and with appreciation for what we see, Nature quickly reveals that what you look at will change for the better. Wildlife will be attracted to you, people will surprise you in the greatest of ways, and you will do the same when you start to look at yourself this way.
We know when someone looks at us in a special way, and we naturally respond. I remember how my grandparents used to look at me with such wonder and gratitude. And I feel that I was often the brightest version of myself in their presence. Nature will do the same. It is as though she says, “Well if you think that is beautiful, then check this out!”
As I spend more and more time with more and more children, I realize that they know all of this but simply need the permission to feel it. To be reassured that magic is real and is found in the natural world all around us, and therefore within us as well. This is why I will have them feel their energy body within their hands. In this way they can feel something without seeing it.
I love watching their faces light up as they exclaim, “I can feel it!” They will share how their hands are either tingling, pulling, throbbing, being pulled together or throwing off sparks. I let them know that there is no wrong way to feel it, as everyone is different and unique. And even if they don’t feel it in their hands, it’s likely that they feel their energy flowing in their scalp, their feet, or in their chest.
It is fun to know that Nature can feel our Energy, either within our touch, our thoughts, our words, or even when we look at it. And the most comforting thing that I have learned is that Nature longs to feel us, our touch, and to absorb our Light. We are truly meant for one another, and living in harmony is possible once again for humanity to achieve, so long as our our children, the next caretakers, understand that this is not only possible, but necessary for our happiness and continued life upon this Earth.
I love teaching children that they have an impact on the world-as everything they think, say, feel, and do is Energy, and therefore affects the world around them.
I like to ask, “what kind of impact would you like to have on the world?”
As Nature keeps us in true, uninterrupted contact with our Highest potential, I find it no surprise that in all legends and many stories from our ancestry, that the “wise ones, wizards, and healers” almost always lived in seclusion in the woods. In this way, they stayed true to what was important, away from the programming and trappings of society.
They were able to commune with Nature and hear her wisdom, and in this way, help others.
The time for change is now. Nature is here to assist and help us through this window if we are willing.
She wants us to succeed and rise to our greatest potential, as she can see us, the true us that is Divine. She hurts for what we have become just as any parent would hurt for their children.
It is my hopes that all children never lose their sense of wonder and the knowing that this world is a magical place to be, so long as they keep their eyes, ears, and heart open to the truth.
I hope that you have found this helpful! I would love to hear from you via my website http://www.jessieklassen.com. While there, feel free to sign up for my free weeklyish newsletter where I share my lessons and experiences from living a life close to Nature.
About the author: Learn how to communicate with Nature while enjoying fun activities and energy exercises that will encourage spiritual growth, self-confidence, and awareness in you and your child while developing a close relationship with Nature in Jessie’s children’s book, “The Sapling.” An inspiring story from the Trees for the children of Earth, “The Sapling” has vivid, full color Nature illustrations that will appeal to younger children and powerful Life lessons that will grow with your child, just like a Tree! Full color demonstrations easily display dozens of activities and exercises for you and your child to enjoy. “The Sapling” is the first book in Jessie’s Nature Child Children’s Book Series, committed to helping children grow into who they truly are meant to be through a close relationship with Nature. It is available worldwide on Amazon, smashwords, and Barnes and Noble. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada and to the Treesisters for reforestation and the conservation of our Earth. Jessie is also a farmer, Reiki Master, and mother of 3 sensitive children. Deeply connected to Nature, she has been inspired to “share the words that Nature wants to have heard.”
A follow up to my article, “5 Important Lessons for Raising Children in these New Energies”
As parents during this intense and exciting time on Earth, we accepted and/or chose an extremely important job. We are guiding the next caretakers of the Earth and evolution of humanity.
Our children are growing up in a world where they are faced with challenges unlike those we have ever seen. The world is literally at their fingertips, and although this has great opportunity when applied correctly, it also brings constant distraction and stimulation, therefore pulling them away from connecting with Nature and looking inward and knowing who they are.
Not only this, but with climate change, a contaminated food chain, toxic water, questionable vaccines and out dated school programs, it has never been more important for us as parents to be “awake.”
Because the truth is, we can thrive here if we are living our lives by heart-centered decisions that are led by our intuition, and not by the lies and propaganda that we have been told.
And yes, it may seem impossible to not get caught in the traps, but when we teach our children awareness, and allow their “awakened selves” to shine through, they will be aware of the traps and will be able to see them for what they are. When we are aware, we are impossible to trap.
And essentially, we will be creating the peaceful, joyous Earth that we all came here to create.
A misconception that I have noticed around our children commonly known as the Indigos, starseeds, etc., is that they are automatically “tuned in” and kind or that they would never do or say something rude or questionable.
But what I have experienced with my oldest son, Shep, is that, yes, he is incredibly sensitive, and he is “tuned in”, but he is also clearing SO much old karma and rebalancing back to his Highest Expression of himself in this lifetime, that he has been susceptible to all kinds of interference and questionable behavior.
Shep is, in his Divine Nature, a sweetie. He loves to hug and snuggle, but he also would experience intense and erratic mood swings. You never knew what kind of day you were going to have with him. His highs were high – loving, jokey, and creative. And his lows were low – brooding, angry, sulky, withdrawn. Never mean but constantly unpredictable.
As a parent, it can be heartbreaking to see your child in this unhappy little body and know that they are in there, but how do you get to them?
It was also heartbreaking and disappointing when we would hear of something completely out of character that he had done, because you just knew that that wasn’t really him.
And afterwards, he always felt awful, but he could barely remember doing it. It was as if he had no control over himself. He struggled to communicate or give any explanation, as there really wasn’t one that he knew of.
Because he really didn’t know, because it wasn’t really the “true” Shep. His energy body was so influenced by energetic cords from past lives and outer stimulations (and we live on a secluded farm), that the real Shep was unable to shine through and be in control all of the time.
So how do we guide our children into the Highest expressions of themselves?
This simple practice has worked wonders for my older kids as they seem to have come into this life with a lot of old baggage to clear out. My article “An Empowering Cord Cutting Exercise for Children” gives an easy technique for doing so, or you can visit an energy worker/healer who can help.
I have found with my kids that explaining how energy works has been extremely empowering for them because understanding how energy works is understanding how EVERYTHING works.
That essentially, everything you “put out there” will come back to you, and that everything you do to others you are doing to yourself.
That energy always attracts energy of the same frequency of vibration, and when we have a “high” vibration, we attract other people and experiences with a high vibration as well. These include love and joy, kindness, compassion, and vitality.
I often ask my kids, “what are you feeding?” Which energy pathway are you focusing on and giving energy to? What we focus on, we strengthen.
Simply knowing how energy works awakens our children to the truth that we are powerful beings, and that they always have control over their own energy.
And when things don’t always go their way?
These four little words relieve a whole lot of pressure. Because no matter what, the experience was meant to teach you something and help you grow into who you are meant to become. I often ask my kids after something happened, such as, “what did you learn?”
The importance of looking for the lesson is life-altering. We begin to trust Life, because we know that it is always looking out for our best interest. And when we acknowledge and look for the lesson, Life will not have to repeat it.
Not long ago, when we were going through a major shift and purging, Shep’s behavior was hitting an all time unpredictability.
Whoever he happened to be around at the time, he become. He always joined in and seemed to have no self control.
After a certain incident at school, he came home crying, “help me be good! I want to be good! I don’t know how!”
I hugged him, and the only words that I could think to tell him were, “You are already good. You have always been good. You just have to believe it. I will help you, but I can’t do it for you. You have to believe it yourself.”
Shep made a decision that day to be true to himself, and his willpower shifted his entire energy field. Although we had been clearing constantly, he had to reach a level of maturity and awareness where he could let it go and stand strong in himself.
He changed who he was hanging around with at school as he could recognize their influence. I told him, “You can still play with them as long as they are behaving in a way that is true to you. And when they are not, walk away. You do not have to join in.”
I have to say, Shep’s older sister, Summer, has been a wonderful teacher of this lesson. At ten years old, she has an ability of always being aligned with who she is. She can simply observe from a neutral standpoint and never get carried away and join in.
We did a lot of them. We fine tuned them to project what Shep was wanting most of all; to trust himself, and for his family to be able to trust him as well.
Shep wrote them out and we placed them where he could see them everyday as a reminder to help solidify new beliefs into his being.
They were, “I am good. I am strong. I love myself. I can trust myself to always do what is true for me. My family can trust me too.”
I did constant reminders to him when he would step out the door for school, “be strong in who you are”, or “you will remember who you are”.
What we take into our bodies has to match the vibration that we are encouraging. Therefore, as little processed food as possible, lots of organic fruits and veggies, if possible, and lots of water. My kids have always been exceptionally thirsty during these shifts, as we are moving a lot of energy and as we are mostly made of water, keeping hydrated is essential. Shep still occasionally craves meat, but I always tell my kids, “listen to your bodies”, so we ensure that the meat that is eaten has been ethically raised, which for Shep, happens to be right here on our farm.
Plant a garden or a planter box with your child. Develop a relationship with Nature. Mother Earth is here for us as we are here for her. We form a connection and an interaction by showing respect and kindness to all beings. Set an example by stepping around the bugs, hugging the trees, and giving thanks to Mother Earth for the food that you eat or the home that you live in.
I like to ask, “What does Nature have to teach me today?”
You will soon find Nature responding to you and “seeking you out.” Because as we change the way we look at things, the things we look at will change.
One of the greatest gifts that we can teach our children is that magic is real and is around us at all times. Encourage your child to help Nature with something as simple as setting up a colorful bowl of water with stones for the bees and butterflies to land on while they drink.
My children and I do regular garbage pick ups when we are out and about. I always tell them, “Don’t expect somebody else to do it. If everybody picked up garbage every time they seen it, what a different world this would be. Be kind to Mother Earth. She feels everything you do and she’ll thank you in many ways.” This simple lesson will instill responsibility for the world around them and hopefully a proactive approach to Life as they grow up.
So many have the attitude, “it’s not my garbage, why should I pick it up?”
Well it’s not Mother Earth’s either, so pick it up! Your fellow species dumped it there, so take responsibility for it.
Our children need to feel love for themselves if they are to heal and shine in their Highest Expression. Every night at bed, and every morning when they wake up, I have my kids look into a mirror and say “I love you.” Have them look straight into their own eyes. Encourage them to go farther and give themselves compliments such as , “I love how unique you are”, or “You are so kind to others, you really are making this world a better place” or “You are important and are bringing light to this world.”
Lets face it, the days will go by regardless, so we may as well love ourselves and make the choice to be happy with who we are.
By far, one of the fastest emotions to shift energy to a higher vibration. In the morning, they can thank their bed for a good night sleep or they can thank a pet for their love and comfort. There are literally opportunities for gratitude everywhere we look. And when we are appreciative for what we have, we open our energy pathways to more things to be grateful for. These are the basics that will spark an awakening and cultivate fulfillment and contentment.
Afraid of getting picked on, Shep was hiding his interests and his unique qualities that make him special. I told him, “the things that make you weird are your gifts to the world. These are the things that you need to be most proud of.”
We come into this world with gifts, and we are meant to share them. But this can be hard when we are living in a world of conformity and judgement where just being yourself takes great courage.
This hits a personal cord with me, as I have just been recently learning and owning this lesson myself. I can now speak from experience that everything that I was hiding because I was scared of not being accepted, were actually my most special, helpful gifts to the world
Encourage your child daily, and let them know that all amazing things in this world were, at one time, weird.
Is Shep still getting teased? Of course, as he goes to a public school. Shep is learning that people will always have something to say to those who stand out. But he now knows that he has the choice to let it bother him. He also knows that it is the most insecure children that tease and bully others, so he actually feels compassion in knowing that these children need love the most and are not feeling it. And it’s not that all of these kids come from “troubled” homes either. It’s just that they simply do not understand the basics of energy, because if they knew better, they would do better. When we are truly loving and kind with ourselves, we cannot hurt others, as it simply will not match our vibration. If they understood what they are feeding and bringing back upon themselves, as energy always attracts energy of the same vibration, they would behave quite differently.
I also have Shep do cord cutting with anyone who upsets him, as well as a forgiveness exercise.
I have him imagine that person standing in front of him. Then I have him tell that person everything that he would like to say to them. Let the person really have it, get it out. Then he forgives them and thanks them for the lesson. Then we ask a Spirit guide to cut any energetic cords that may be left. This way there is no “charge” left between them, and Shep feels strong.
Shep looked at me like I was crazy the first time that I told him to thank a particular someone who had been rude to him. But then we discussed how he had now learned what it feels like to be judged, and that he would be more compassionate to others because he knows how it feels.
Bullies are teachers. “Bad” experiences are teachers. Have your child ask, “What am I supposed to learn from this?”
It is important to point out that we do not have to agree with what someone did to forgive them. We are actually helping ourselves and taking back our power when we forgive.
Our children need to remember their power and their strength. And again, when things don’t go the way we thought they should, we have a choice to learn something from it and move on.
If your child is unhappy with their own previous behavior, have them do the forgiveness exercise with themselves. They can also place anyone in front of themselves that they would like to apologize to. This will clear and shift energy and allow your child to move forward stronger in their own being.
With the advice from a wise, psychic friend of mine, I also had Shep listening to Binaural beats, which help to develop pathways in the brain and balance energy. There are lots to choose from on YouTube, and I let Shep listen to them and choose which ones he liked. For about a month straight, he fell asleep to them and he would listen to them as soon as he got home from school. His “beats” he called them, helped him feel calm and “happy”. They were also a catalyst for clearing, and Shep did reach an all time high of dreams during this time. A lot of his dreams were past life memories coming up to clear, and they were not always pleasant. But after going through it, he is much lighter now. Comfort your child through these times, listen to them, and don’t tell them it is just their imagination, but let them know that they don’t have to be afraid and that it can’t hurt them.
I have always been very honest with my kids about what is going on, and to them, it’s not really a surprise. Actually, it makes perfect sense. They know that they don’t have to attach to what is clearing, they can just watch it go. It isn’t always pretty, but it is leaving them.
It was during this time that Shep was also having lots of pain in his third eye and crown chakra areas. With the advice from my same friend, a dab of Vetiver essential oil was really helpful when placed on these areas. But other grounding, earthy essential oils would help as well, and there are many to choose from, so go with what feels best for you. Some include frankincense, patchouli, sandalwood, lavender, to name a few.
A different friend was having the same issues with her children, and she found that a glass of water with a teaspoon of Himalayan salt and a splash of lemon juice was helpful for easing the pain as well. (this is also a great detox recipe)
While it is necessary for our children to know technology and be able to use it, it does have to be limited. I can just “feel” their energy become imbalanced when they have been in front of a screen for too long.
Remind your children that the world around them is real. Nature, people, animals, their family. Make them aware that they are being sucked into something that isn’t real. Encourage them to engage with the world around them. Play a game. Go for a walk. Notice what you see/hear/smell around you. Engage their senses. Invite them into the kitchen and cook a healthy meal together. Discuss the ingredients that you are using.
Limit your social media time when you are around them. Be comfortable in just sitting in stillness while you are waiting. We do not always need to check our phones.
Encourage conversation with strangers instead while you are in a waiting room or at a check out line.
This is your life. Be engaged. Accept it. Show up for it.
I have one last story that I would like to share that will display the growth and progress that Shep has undergone, as well as the effectiveness of these exercises.
Last year, Shep took to wearing fake glasses, not because he needed them to see, but because he liked the way he felt in them. They were a heavy, black framed “Clark Kent” style of glasses that he would wear when reading, drawing, and writing stories. They seemed to allow him to feel his creativity, and essentially, his “true” self.
We let him wear them, but I did warn him, “if you truly want glasses and keep saying that you do, you will end up needing to wear them.”
One year later, we are at the eye doctor because Shep has difficulty reading and comes home from school with sore eyes and a headache.
Yep. Shep needs glasses, for real, not pretend anymore.
As he was quite happily searching the wall of frames, a pair gabbed his attention. They of course have thick frames and a “Clark Kentness” quality.
He excitedly tried them on and exclaimed, “I want these ones!”
The “helpful” lady working there smiled at me, and said “oh, but there are so many to choose from, why don’t you try these ones on?” as she handed a very modern, thin framed pair to Shep.
Shep looked at the glasses in her hand with disappointment, but politely he accepted them and tried them on.
“Well those look nice on you”, the lady encouraged.
I could see Shep’s deflation from the excited little boy he was a moment earlier.
Looking in Shep’s eyes I said, “Shep, you are the one who is going to be wearing these glasses, so it only matters that you are happy with them. Tell me, what does your heart tell you?”
Shep’s eyes lit up and a smile flashed across his face. He swiped the modern frames off his face and replaced them with the Clark Kent’s.
Relieved to see his spark returned, I said, “Great. Then those are the ones. Don’t even bother looking at the rest, they’ll only confuse you.”
Shocked, but not rude, the helpful lady measured up the Clark Kent frames and assured Shep that they would work just fine.
The lesson for me?
To trust my child in making his own decisions.
Glasses are personal and for Shep, a creative way of expressing himself.
How could I interfere with that?
We are here to guide and protect, not control our children.
We went to the grocery store afterwards, and Shep noticed an elderly lady in the line up behind us at the check out purchasing a couple big bags of cat food.
He whispered to me, “Mom, I’m going to help her lift those into her car.”
“That’s a wonderful idea, Shep. Go for it.”
So Shep and Summer offered their help and the lady, also shocked, but pleasantly surprised, gladly accepted.
When Shep returned, he was beaming, “That felt so good! I love helping people!”
I was beaming as well, but not out of pride or ego, but out of joy for Shep. For he was feeling who he truly is, the Shep that I would always catch glimpses of before he disappeared.
This is who we all are, and this is how we will create a peaceful world.
Shep told me not long ago, “Mom, I finally feel like people can see me. Before this, I always felt like I was “behind the scenes”, and who everyone could see wasn’t really me.”
You can imagine my relief and happiness as a mother to hear him say that.
Although Shep has had his “dark” times, he has emerged true to who he is. He had to learn that happiness comes from within, and that it is not something external that happens to us. It is a choice that we make every moment of every day. He had to learn to trust Life so that he can trust himself. He is learning that our greatest challenges are our greatest teachers.
We all emerge and grow more into ourselves everyday.
Everyday I ask, “Help me guide my children to their Highest Expressions of themselves.”
I have written many affirmations as well, stating that my children are strong in their own beings and are aligning with the vibration of their soul purpose.
I realize that there will always be new challenges, but I have witnessed enough growth to know that there are always tools and answers available to us, if we are open to them.
I have realized, as a parent, that my children are my greatest teachers and have helped me emerge into my Highest Expression of myself.
(oh, and I have also mentioned to Shep that once he has grown tired of wearing glasses, he can decide that he doesn’t want to wear them anymore)
I sincerely hope that you have found this helpful and I wish you joy on the journey.
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Alternative and complementary treatments such as creative art, meditation, and yoga have been proposed to bridge many gaps that conventional medicine cannot. But music, because of its ubiquity in our society as well as its ease of transmission, has perhaps the greatest potential among alternative therapies to reach people in deep and profound ways. Music matters and it heals.
Music instruction appears to accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in the areas of the brain responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception and reading skills, according to initial results of a five-year study by USC neuroscientists.
We now know through controlled treatment outcome studies that listening to and playing music is a potent treatment for mental health issues. 400 published scientific papers have proven the old adage that “music is medicine.”
Research demonstrates that adding music therapy to treatment improves symptoms and social functioning among schizophrenics. Further, music therapy has demonstrated efficacy as an independent treatment for reducing depression, anxiety and chronic pain.
The Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at USC began the five-year study in 2012 in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) to examine the impact of music instruction on children’s social, emotional and cognitive development.
These initial study results, published recently in the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, provide evidence of the benefits of music education at a time when many schools around the nation have either eliminated or reduced music and arts programs. The study shows music instruction speeds up the maturation of the auditory pathway in the brain and increases its efficiency.
“We are broadly interested in the impact of music training on cognitive, socio-emotional and brain development of children,” said Assal Habibi, the study’s lead author and a senior research associate at the BCI in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “These results reflect that children with music training, compared with the two other comparison groups, were more accurate in processing sound.”
For this longitudinal study, the neuroscientists are monitoring brain development and behavior in a group of 37 children from underprivileged neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
Thirteen of the children, at 6 or 7 years old, began to receive music instruction through the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles program at HOLA. The community music training program was inspired by the El Sistema method, one that LA Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel had been in when he was growing up in Venezuela.
Learning the Violin
The children earn to play instruments, such as the violin, in ensembles and groups, and they practice up to seven hours a week.
The scientists are comparing the budding musicians with peers in two other groups: 11 children in a community soccer program, and 13 children who are not involved in any specific after-school programs.
The neuroscientists are using several tools to monitor changes in them as they grow: MRI to monitor changes through brain scans, EEG to track electrical activity in the brains, behavioral testing and other such techniques.
Within two years of the study, the neuroscientists found the auditory systems of children in the music program were maturing faster in them than in the other children. The fine-tuning of their auditory pathway could accelerate their development of language and reading, as well as other abilities – a potential effect which the scientists are continuing to study.
The enhanced maturity reflects an increase in neuroplasticity – a physiological change in the brain in response to its environment – in this case, exposure to music and music instruction.
“The auditory system is stimulated by music,” Habibi said. “This system is also engaged in general sound processing that is fundamental to language development, reading skills and successful communication.”
Ear to Brain
The auditory system connects our ear to our brain to process sound. When we hear something, our ears receive it in the form of vibrations that it converts into a neural signal. That signal is then sent to the brainstem, up to the thalamus at the center of the brain, and outward to its final destination, the primary auditory cortex, located near the sides of the brain.
The progress of a child’s developing auditory pathway can be measured by EEG, which tracks electrical signals, specifically those referred to as “auditory evoked potentials.”
In this study, the scientists focused on an evoked potential called P1. They tracked amplitude – the number of neurons firing – as well as latency – the speed that the signal is transmitted. Both measures infer the maturity of the brain’s auditory pathways.
As children develop, both amplitude and the latency of P1 tend to decrease. This means that that they are becoming more efficient at processing sound.
At the beginning of the study and again two years later, the children completed a task measuring their abilities to distinguish tone. As the EEG was recording their electrical signals, they listened to violin tones, piano tones and single-frequency (pure) tones played.
The children also competed a tonal and rhythm discrimination task in which they were asked to identify similar and different melodies. Twice, they heard 24 melodies in randomized order and were asked to identify which ones differed in tone and rhythm, and which were the same in tone and rhythm.
Children who were in the youth orchestra program were more accurate at detecting pitch changes in the melodies than the other two groups. All three groups were able to identify easily when the melodies were the same. However, children with music training had smaller P1 potential amplitude compared to the other children, indicating a faster rate of maturation.
“We observed a decrease in P1 amplitude and latency that was the largest in the music group compared to age-matched control groups after two years of training,” the scientists wrote. “In addition, focusing just on the (second) year data, the music group showed the smallest amplitude of P1 compared to both the control and sports group, in combination with the accelerated development of the N1 component.”